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What Came Before He Shot Herby Elizabeth George
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The brutal, inexplicable death of Inspector Thomas Lynley's wife has left Scotland Yard searching for answers. Who is the twelve-year-old boy who pulled the trigger? What were the circumstances that led to his horrific act? That story begins on the other side of London, where the three mixed-race Campbell children are sent to live with their aunt. The oldest, fifteen-year-old Ness, is headed for trouble as fast as her high-heeled boots will take her. That leaves the middle child, Joel, to care for the youngest, Toby. But before long, Joel has his own problems with a local gang. To protect his family, he makes a pact with the devil — a move that leads straight to the front doorstep of Thomas Lynley.
The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful, emotional novel that only the incomparable Elizabeth George could write.
"[A] gripping story that, without preachiness, shows how a good child can lose his way." Library Journal
"George's best since A Great Deliverance." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] dark, chilling tale of desperation and revenge." Booklist
"The book is Dickensian in length...though, true to George's usual standards, with hardly a dull or unnecessary stretch....All in all, a sad but splendid achievement." Seattle Times
"What Came Before He Shot Her dispenses with all of George's popular series characters, instead plunging the reader into the grimy, scary world that begat that death." Oregonian
The anatomy of a murder and the story of a family in crisis, this latest blockbuster by a bestselling author is a powerful, emotional novel full of deep psychological insight that delivers a suspenseful and stunning view of a shocking crime.
A kind and well-loved woman was brutally and inexplicably murdered. The pregnant wife of a respected police inspector, her death has left Scotland Yard shocked and searching for answers. Perhaps most horrifying of all, the trigger of the weapon that killed her was apparently pulled by a stranger . . . a twelve-year-old boy.
The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful, emotional novel full of deep psychological insights, a novel that only the incomparable Elizabeth George could write.
About the Author
Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. She lives in Seattle, Washington, and London.
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